A girl in her English language lesson listening to the teacher

The Cambridge English: A2 Key (KET) for Schools qualification shows that you can communicate in basic English in everyday situations and will help you prepare for higher level Cambridge English qualifications.

Level of qualification

A2 Basic on the Common European Framework

Who should take this exam?

You should take the A2 Key (KET) for Schools if you have done about 250 hours of study or practice and can speak, write and understand basic English. This exam is the first step in building your English language skills for future study.

To take the exam you should be able to:

  • ask and answer questions about yourself and others
  • understand announcements and instructions when people speak slowly and clearly
  • tell people what you think about something you read or hear.

What is the exam format?

There are three parts to the exam. You do the Reading and Writing, and the Listening papers on the same day. You may need to return to do the Speaking on a different day. You do the Speaking with two examiners and one other exam candidate. The exam is available in Greece in both paper-based and computer-based format.

  Reading and Writing Listening Speaking
Time 1 hour 30 minutes 8–10 minutes per
pair of candidates
(% of total)
50% 25% 25%

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